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Review by Masatoshi – Keith – Fujishiro, Kawaguchi City, Japan
I just have come back from Tokyo Dome with comfortable feeling.
This is my second gig in Tokyo Dome which followed this Wednesday during this tour..
To tell the truth I was not expected so much about today’s concert.
Because this Wednesday’s gig was not that exciting compared with past gigs of 15years.
I was bored with terrible sound ( edge of stand seat is worst), expensive ticket price 18,000yen(USD150) and 4000yen(USD33) T-shirts.
(But I admit that “sway”,“Night time is the night train”, “As tears goes by” and “This place is empty” were good tracks.)
Stones, however, completely betrayed my prejudice tonight.
Seven different songs from Wednesday makes me feel very revived like past days.
Tonight show was created for some repeaters of Stone’s show.
We likely experienced complete two different shows, like arena show and stadium show in Forty licks tour.
And tonight I purchased most cheap C-seat 9,000yen(USD75).
Compared with yesterday’s S-seat I felt that there are a lot of young people and the people got on the rhythm.
Exaggeratedly speaking yesterday’s seat seemed to be reunion party of old guys ( I don’t say it is bad.).
The difference also made me feel interesting.
At last tonight my best track is “You got me rocking” and “Gimme Shelter”.
What do you think?
Review by Tom Marlowe, Tokyo, Japan
I just got back from the concert a few hours ago. Wow! What a difference
two days makes. The A-Team definitely showed up tonight. I thought the
Stones' opening concert in Tokyo on March 22 was good, but they raised the
bar a few notches tonight to a far higher energy and musical level.
Particularly noteworthy, the group extensively revised their playlist and
song order from Wednesday's performance. This was a real treat for me,
having seen their opening show in Tokyo and expecting see more or less a
repeat. Instead of opening with Jumping Jack Flash, they kicked off the
night with Start Me Up, followed by a hard-driving rendition of It's Only
Rock'n Roll, which replaced Let's Spend the Night Together, and set the tone
for a buoyant evening that kept the audience on its feet. Other additions
were Bitch, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Midnight Rambler, and Gimme Shelter,
featuring the scorching back-up vocals of Lisa. Gone were from tonight's
show were She's So Cold, Get Off My Cloud, Paint it Black and As Tears Go
The audience was noticeably more into the show tonight than on Wednesday. I
don't know whether this was because of better song sequencing or because it
was a Friday night and the crowd could let loose. Probably a combination of
Having attended numerous Stones' concerts over the course of decades, I
thought tonight's performance definitely rivaled any of those I saw in their
so-called halcyon days, although Mick seemed to be a bit out of sync on a
few rare occasions tonight. I can say that tonight's show certainly outshone
their performance I saw at the LA Forum way back in June 1972. This band
just gets better with time.
Review by Toru Aoki, Tokyo, Japan
I cut straight to the point. I'm so happy to hear, see and experience "Ain't
Too Proud To Beg" in front of me.
It brought back my memories of bootleg named "Stones British Venues 1976"
may be recorded at Earls Court on 23rd May, 1976.
I could not imagine or anticipate it.
Tonight's audience got louder and louder until the band on stage got kind of
satisfaction at them. I obviously am feeling the same things as them.
Review by John Russell, Charlottesville, Virginia
What an interesting experience as an American to see the Stones in Japan, my third ABB concert. Great setlist shakeup, particularly "Bitch" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" were nice to hear. I was glad to share this night with my good buddies Dobby, Ned Harper, Lake, and Layton, even though they overdid the sake and passed out before the end of the show, losing face with our Japanese hosts. Great crowd, the Japanese fans were really into it, and I think it made for a great performance by the Stones. Keith's opening licks on "Jumping Jack Flash" were incredibly well delivered. I thought the sound quality and musical artistry of this show were the best of the 3 shows I have seen on this tour.
Review by Graham Wylde
What a fantastic night at the Dome. I enjoyed Wednesday's show, of course, but this one was special. In my view there were a combination of factors for this. The set list showed major changes to the previous concert, the crowd seemed more up for it and the sound mix was as clear as a bell. The mix on the guitars was crystal and with Keith and Ronnie exchanging licks the Dome rocked.
Midnight Rambler has always been a favourite of mine and as soon as Keith started to stroll into this song the crowd went wild. I don't think I can recall hearing the guitars sounding so great on this track before. Of course, Gimme Shelter has to be a classic and watching Lisa and Mick just ooze sex strutting their stuff centre stage always does it for me. When I hear the opening chords of this song it always takes me back to that night in Den Haag when the rain reached torrential levels during this song. I stood their in the warm evening with Keith standing right in front of me and I remember thinking 'this is a moment that will always be with me'. Last night brought the memories flooding back.
The highlight of the set for me though, was Worried About You. Mick seemed upset at the mix at one point, but from where I was, it sounded just about perfect. What a fantastic song live. How does Mick do it? He didn't miss a note in this song. His voice is amazing.
Yes, Mick still has it, judging by the ladies standing near me! He spoke in 'ladies' Japanese and this went down very well with the fans. Even in the encore he sprinted from one side of the stage to the other. I was exhausted - where does he get his energy from? The band and Mick in particular seemed reluctant to leave the stage and Mick even came back for a solo bow after the others had gone.
What a night. I am never disappointed, but this one will rank among the best shows I have been to. Of course there were a couple of missed chords, but for me this just adds to the show. They are human after all. To complete the night I met Stones friends old and new from around the world. Thanks to the band for bringing us together again and for being a part of our lives.
Review by Kevin Dauphinee, Beijing
The Stones have certainly jumped the shark. If fans are expected to spare no expense, neither should The Stones. I could “see” Charlie’s cymbals (thanks to the video screen), but I definitely couldn’t “hear” them. The Tokyo Dome show I saw in 1990 sounded so much BETTER! This gig’s mixing engineer clearly didn’t take enough time to test the sound at a range of seating positions. Somewhere around “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” (nice selection!), the sound improved somewhat. Lots of empty seats, though, especially in the “S” section (17,500 yen – US$150) – watching the stage in centerfield from behind home plate at the Dome – home of the Japan’s baseball Yomiyuri Giants. The band can still play, but the production was ‘slap-dash’. My review of the Hong Kong show in 2003 demonstrates my respect for “The Boys”. This one didn’t stand up. I curled up to “Morph the Cat” in my hotel room and slept comfortably. Pity.
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